Ms. Barrett provides this humorous, insightful glimpse into the life of Reckless, the only horse to ever to achieve the rank of Marine Corps sergeant. Reckless, discovered on a South Korean race track, became an invaluable partner during the hight of the Korean War. Braving enemy fire, rough terrain, and with heavy cargo on her back, Reckless delivered much needed materials and equipment to her fellow Marines. A Jeju pony, not a Mongolian mare, as others have described her, Reckless’ strength, bravery, and perseverance made an enormous difference and a lasting impact on all those who served with her. Though small in stature, Reckless had a big personality and an even larger appetite (beer, cupcakes, cookies, and mess hall food included) that provided emotional as well as physical support to her buddies throughout her nine months in combat. She more than earned her trip to the States when her tour was over, retiring at Camp Pendleton where she received the adoration and care she so richly deserved. Part soldier, part mascot, she proudly served alongside her Marines, later earning two Purple Hearts for her unwavering courage under fire.
Finally, a portrait of Reckless by an author who knows her horses! A priceless South Pacific reference (“she was broad, where a broad she be broad”) captures the spirit of this entertaining account. Created with over fifty personal interviews, thoroughly detailed accounts, many personal pictures, as well as comic tales of the mischief making Reckless carried out to keep busy during retirement, this is a worthy tribute to a true Marine hero. If you read but one biography of this amazing little mare, let it be this one. Ms. Barrett is a passionate and knowledgeable biographer, whose playful tone makes Reckless’ story come alive.
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